The emasculated academic

By Tajuddin Rasdi Daim Zainuddin recently made two important points in his speech at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Skudai. Firstly, he said the Malays are being fed a narrative bordering on the idea that their race and Islam are both under threat, and that more affirmative policies will be needed in the new Pakatan Harapan government in the coming years and decades.… Read the article

Hannah, Khairy, Nurul

Yesterday I came across an FB post by Hannah Yeoh on Khairy. In an interview Khairy had given the PH government a “D”. Hannah’s response was “This is akin to asking someone who is booted out of school to grade the one who got in!” From the comments on her post, I could see that the post backfired with many people criticising her for not listening to criticism.… Read the article

Christchurch killings: Deputy minister highlights hypocrisy of Malaysian politicians

Following the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Malaysian politicians from both sides of the divide condemned the incident. Umno politicians such as Khairy Jamaluddin and Annuar Musa were also quick to criticise Australian senator Fraser Anning, who linked the shootings to the influx of Muslim radicals. However, Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah highlighted the similarities between the New Zealand shooter Brenton Tarrant and the hate being spread in Malaysia along racial and religious lines.… Read the article

Daim denounces “Malays under threat” as nonsensical political rhetoric

Since the last general election, the political narrative in Malaysia has centred around issues concerning race and religion, particularly the position of the Malays and Islam. Speaking at UTM Skudai in Johor last night, former finance minister Daim Zainuddin addressed this issue and described the claim that Malays are under threat as nothing more than nonsensical political rhetoric.… Read the article

Marrying when it’s convenient

By Wong Chun Wai IT was a marriage doomed from the start. Of course, the flirting was exciting and both sides enjoyed this phase of the courting. Then, they discussed marriage. In fact, Umno and PAS announced two weeks ago that they had formalised political ties and proudly proclaimed that they were now “married” after a three-hour meeting between leaders of both parties.… Read the article

A trouble-sum game for PH

by Philip Golingai THE possibility – if you are an Umno/PAS politician or supporter – is mouthwatering. When you add the votes the two “newly-wed” parties received in GE14, they could have won many Malay-majority seats they lost. Take the Jerlun parliamentary seat. Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir won the Kedah seat, with 91% Malays out of the total voters, by a majority of 5,895.… Read the article

PH ministers are L license drivers: Daim

PETALING JAYA, Feb 20 (Sin Chew Daily) — Former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin described the ministers of the Pakatan Harapan government as the “L license” drivers, and they took over a “dried tree” with only roots left, estimating that the tree grow again after two years, and the national economy and administration can gradually get better.… Read the article

Reality gate-crashing the party

In a recent conversation I had with a friend we both agreed that PH would lose Semenyih. For him, it is the poor performance of the PH government and he lamented that as a once critic of the BN government, he is now a critic of the PH government. Pressed for details, the few matters he raised were to me a consequence of poor politics on the part of PH ministers.… Read the article